Christopher Hale of Catholics in Alliance for the Common released the following statement on Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (full text attached):

"Pope Francis's words have given new vigor to what the Church has been saying for decades: 'trickle down economics' and other economic agendas which work against the poor and promote inequality have no place in a just society. Pope Francis's words should have particular resonance here in the United States as we enter into next month's budget negotiations. The pope makes it clear that these budgetary decisions should above all else benefit the poorest of Americans. 

We make Pope Francis's words our own: "I beg the Lord gives us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor!"

Christopher Hale (202) 499-4968 

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